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Beecholme Primary School
Surrey, CR4 2HZ
(pedestrian access to school via Beecholme Avenue)
Tel : 020 8640 4795 Fax: 020 8646 6043
Head of School and DSL: Mrs Phyllis Sternberg
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In- year admissions
If you wish to apply for a place at the school outside the normal admissions round you should complete Merton Borough Council’s in-year application form, naming this school, and submit it to the Council, with any supporting evidence required. All admission information is available on this website.
September new Reception Intake admissions
Details of Reception admissions are available on the school website. Merton Borough Council handle all admissions to the School. If you would like to visit the school, please contact the School Office to arrange this: 020-8640-4795 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
We expect all children to wear school uniform. This is a blue sweatshirt, blue polo shirt, grey trousers, skirt or pinafore. Uniform can be purchased via the School Office. A full list of uniform is available on the website.
The school doors open at 08:50 a.m. and registers are taken between 08:55 – 9:00 a.m. (gates close at 9:00 a.m.). It is important to develop good habits by arriving punctually every day. If your child arrives after 09:00 a.m. please ensure that you sign them in using the electronic system located in the School Office. This is not just so that we can monitor punctuality, but is essential for fire safety and security.
A school meal is available at a cost of £1.90 a day for children in KS2. Reception and KS1 children will receive a free lunch under the present ‘Universal Infant Free School Meal’ government scheme. Payment should be made via ParentPay. If your child is eligible for Free School Meals, please ensure that you apply even if your child is in KS1. Forms are available from the School Office or on the London Borough of Merton’s website. A copy of the menu is also available from the School Office or on the school website.
School finishes at 3.30 p.m. Children must be collected by a known adult. Please let us know if someone different from usual is collecting your child. Older children are permitted, with your agreement, to go home by themselves.
Bring your child to school on time. Arriving late can mean that your child misses important information about the lesson. It can also be embarrassing for your child and is disruptive for the class.
Please ensure that you attend parent/teacher consultation days and special events in school; help during swimming lessons (you will require a DBS safeguarding check and can speak to someone in the School Office about this); help out with fund raising; offer to go on school trips; notify us of absences; read all the letters that your child brings home; support your child with homework; read together; give praise and encouragement.
We welcome parents and carers in school. If you would like to help, please let us know.
We can meet a variety of special needs in school. Please discuss your child’s needs with his/her class teacher and/or Miss Patricia Corcoran, SENCO. She will be happy to meet with you to discuss specific concerns.
We have specialist staff available to help children in their acquisition of English as an additional language.
Ask for an appointment to talk to the class teacher about your concerns. If you are still anxious, please ask to see Mrs Rachel O’Neill (Assistant Head) or Mrs Phyllis Sternberg (Head of School).
No. There is no parking available for parents and carers. Please park your car away from the school gates, never park on the yellow zig-zag lines and do not block neighbours’ driveways. The area outside school becomes very congested and is then unsafe for children arriving and leaving school.
We currently work with Penguin Out of School Club who are based at Gorringe Park Primary School. A member of our staff accompanies Beecholme Primary School pupils to and from Penguin Club. Please contact Penguin Club directly to enquire about their services on 020-8404-0001.
We are investigating the possibility of running our own services in-house shortly.
Yes, please see the list of clubs on the school website.
Please make sure all clothing is clearly marked with your child’s name so that it can be returned if found. We collect lots of lost property each term. Lost property is kept near the School Office. Unclaimed items may be disposed of.
For safety reasons children should not wear any jewellery in school. However, they may wear a wrist watch and if your child has pierced ears, small studs may be worn. These will need to removed or covered for PE lessons and if your child goes swimming.
Children should bring in their PE kit to wear at the beginning of each week. Children should wear their school PE top, black shorts, trainers and/or plimsolls. In cold weather please remember to include joggers and a warm top in their PE bag.
Water is available throughout the school. Please ensure that your child has a named drinking bottle which he/she can fill.
There is some shade in the playground. We recommend that during hot weather your child brings a sun hat to wear in the playground and a water bottle which can be filled throughout the day.
In hot weather please remember to put 24-hour sun cream on before school.
If your child is unwell, call the School Office to inform them that your child will not be attending school. If your child has sickness and/or diarrhoea, please remember that he/she should not return to school until 48 hours has elapsed since the last bout of sickness and/or diarrhoea. Please send a letter in when your child returns to school.
Parents can arrange to come into school to administer medication to their own children if necessary. Only medicines prescribed by a doctor can be administered by the school. Antibiotic doses that are administered 3 times a day should be given before and after school and at bedtime. If the medicine is required 4 times a day, please ask in the office for staff to give any additional required dose. Parents are asked to complete and sign a medication request form. Children with asthma, severe allergies, etc. can keep their medication in the school. It is a parent’s responsibility to keep a check on expiry dates of any medication held in school.
Unfortunately, sometimes children do have accidents or become unwell whilst they are at school and we need to call you. It can add to your child’s distress if we are unable to contact you. Please ensure that we have up to date contact telephone numbers for you and tell us straight away if these change.
We are a cashless school, with all trips, school meals etc. being paid via ParentPay. When your child starts Beecholme Primary School you will receive a letter setting out your username and password login details. The ParentPay website can be found at: https://www.parentpay.com/Parents/Login/
We aim to send as much correspondence home via ParentMail, a paperless system which sends emails and texts to parents who have signed up, as possible. When your child starts at Beecholme Primary School we request that you use this reliable method of receiving all school communications.
Under 5’s to receive free school milk.
Book bags can be purchased from the School Office. This bag will help to protect your child’s books from the weather and accidental damage.
Children should not bring toys, sweets, valuables or money, mobile phones, iPads, iPods etc. into school. We cannot be responsible for children’s property.
Teachers are busy settling their classes first thing in the morning and can only receive the briefest of messages at that time. They are more easily available at the end of the day when they have dismissed their classes. Teachers are happy to make appointments to see you if you would like a longer chat. Teachers also meet parents and carers at parent/teacher consultation evenings.
Yes. Children are elected to the School Council by their class mates. The School Council meets regularly and discusses a range of issues.
Yes. Homework is set throughout the term. We also expect children to read at home every day.
No. No holiday will be authorised during term time. Any absences (other than through illness or exceptional circumstances) will be recorded as unauthorised and you may incur a fixed penalty fine.
We use ParentMail to contact all parents; please ensure you keep your account updated with current email addresses and contact numbers. You can also check our website for updates: www.beecholme.com and OpenCheck.